Tips For Getting Your Checked Bag Prepped For A Flight

Tips For Getting Your Checked Bag Prepped For A Flight

While most of us try to cram as much as we can into our carry-on bags — and some travelers (you know who you are) stretch the definition of “carry-on” with bags that would have been checked in the pre-fee era — sometimes you just have to check a piece of luggage or two at the counter. But before you do, there are some steps you’ll want to take. [More]

Southwest Passenger Learns The Hard Way That Not All Checked Bags Are Treated Equally

Southwest Passenger Learns The Hard Way That Not All Checked Bags Are Treated Equally

In spite of all the technological developments in logistics and air travel, passengers’ bags still get lost, damaged, or stolen. Luckily there are remedies in place for such instances, allowing the passenger to be reimbursed for his or her loss. But many travelers may not know that these protections don’t apply to all checked bags. [More]

Want Your Airline Bags Delivered To Your Door? American Will Do It For A Fee

Want Your Airline Bags Delivered To Your Door? American Will Do It For A Fee

It’s not hard to believe that some fliers, sick of waiting at the baggage carousel for their luggage and then hauling it out through the airport and to their destination, might be willing to pay to have someone else do the schlepping for them. Now, American Airlines is hoping that enough people are willing to pay at least $29.95 for a service that just does just that. [More]

Packing Valuable Items In Your Luggage? Check Your Bags Before You Leave The Airport

Packing Valuable Items In Your Luggage? Check Your Bags Before You Leave The Airport

If you’ve got to take something valuable — especially something fragile and valuable — on a plane, it’s best to try to carry it on. And as Consumerist reader Cathy learned, if you must check those items, be sure to look at your bags before you leave the baggage claim area, just in case that item has gotten damaged or disappeared. [More]

Car Seats Fly Free, So Pack Other Stuff In There To Avoid Bag Fees

Car Seats Fly Free, So Pack Other Stuff In There To Avoid Bag Fees

It’s sort of sneaky, but you can take advantage of the fact that a few items, like strollers, car seats and some medical items, never get a fee for getting checked in order to avoid checked bag fees on your other stuff, writes the Money Crashers blog. [More]

Reader Sues Delta Over Bungled Baggage — And Wins!

Even though we’re paying oft-ridiculous fees for checked bags on airplanes, none of that ancillary revenue seems to be going toward improving the actual checking in or tracking of said bags. That’s why it’s refreshing to hear a story where a screwed-over passenger stands up to this general ineptitude and comes out victorious. [More]

US Airways Takes Parts Out Of Xbox To Make Flying Safer

US Airways Takes Parts Out Of Xbox To Make Flying Safer

Adam writes, “I was flying out of Logan Airport and I checked my XBOX 360 in my baggage. The agent assured me that there would be no problem with it. When I got home my I found that they had put a little ziploc bag on top of my things, and the bag was filled with tiny metal components that used to be in the XBOX. It’s broken now and they’re telling me tough luck. Any advice?” [More]

American Airlines Raises Baggage Fees For Flights Abroad

American Airlines Raises Baggage Fees For Flights Abroad

If you thought you could escape American Airlinesincreased domestic baggage fees by only flying abroad, think again: AA is raising checked bag fees for some international flights to Europe and India.

Four Checked Bags On Delta Will Cost You $365 In Fees

Four Checked Bags On Delta Will Cost You $365 In Fees

Most travelers make do with 2 normal-sized pieces of luggage or less, but if you think you might have to travel with more bags, or unusually large or heavy ones, be prepared to shell out a lot of cash for what’s called an “excess baggage fee.”